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Former UAW official sentenced to 28 months in prison for 'pay to play' scheme

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Another former UAW official has been sentenced to federal prison for his role in the ongoing corruption investigation of the union.

A judge sentenced Michael Grimes to 28 months in prison. That’s longer than what prosecutors requested.

In September, Grimes pleaded guilty to taking more than $1.5 million in bribes and kickbacks while working in the UAW’s General Motors Department.

He conspired with two other high-level UAW officials – Joseph Ashton and Jeffrey Pietrzyk – in a "pay to play" scheme that started in 2006.

The money was spent on property, houses, and cosmetic surgery for a relative, among other things.

Grimes is from the Flint area, but now lives in Florida.

He's one of nearly a dozen union officials to plead guilty in the investigation.

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